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Team Category: ELL/Student Support

Elise Ferdon – Middle School ELL Coordinator/Specialist

My name is Elise Ferdon, and this will be my 9th year in education as an English Language (EL) Specialist. I studied Spanish and linguistics at Truman State University, and started my career teaching English in adult ESL programs and as a school volunteer. I have a Masters in Education (Elementary) as well as certification […]

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Ashley Hayde – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Ashley Hayde and I am an ELL Specialist at KCIA. This is my 14th year in Education and my 2nd year as an ELL Specialist. I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education, as well as my TESOL degree. I taught kindergarten for 12 years, always having ELLs in […]

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Lauren Chadwick – Elementary ELL Specialist

Hello, My name is Lauren Chadwick and this is my 8th year in education. This year, I will work with Kindergarten through 3rd grade with a focus on English as a Language. I earned my Bachelor’s Degree from Missouri Western State University with a concentration in Special Education. After giving birth to my daughter Ruby […]

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Taylor Hernandez – Elementary ELL Specialist

Hello! My name is Taylor Hernandez and this is my ninth year of teaching. I began teaching 3rd grade, while the school was formerly known as, Della Lamb Elementary Charter School. I taught 3rd grade for 8 years and this year I am looking forward to supporting 3rd grade language needs as an ELL specialist. […]

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Nicolas Ceballos-Guzman – Elementary ELL Specialist

My name is Nicolas Ceballos-Guzman and this is my seventh year in education. I began my teaching career in Colombia while doing my Bachelors Degree in Modern Languages Education at the Universidad del Quindio. After graduation, I continued teaching at Centro Colombo Americano Medellin. In August of 2021, I started my Master of Arts in […]

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Paige Rahman – Elementary ELL Specialist

This is my 26th year teaching. I’m the 5th Grade EL Specialist. I grew up in Kansas City. Central Missouri State is where I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Education. I was a Special Ed Teacher for two years in Richmond, Mo. Then I moved 7000 miles away to the island of Saipan in […]

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Kaylin Griffin – Reading Interventionist

My name is Kaylin Griffin, and I will be the Reading Specialist at Kansas City International Academy this year. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Spanish and a minor in Communications from the University of Arkansas in 2018. I began my career in education in 2018 teaching third grade […]

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